“All hat no cattle”
Imagine the would-be
ranching magnate, flush with cash earned elsewhere, who blows into town
with a ten-gallon lid, a fresh pair of boots — and a much too loud
“Fine as frog’s hair split four ways”
What’s that? You’ve never seen hair on a frog? Exactly. Split it four ways and it becomes awfully fine indeed."Drunker than Cooter Brown"
legend has it, Cooter Brown was a man who did not see fit to take up
with either side during the Civil War, and so remained so staggeringly
drunk throughout the entire conflict that he avoided conscription.
“Grinning like a possum eating a sweet potato”
a scavenger accustomed to a diet of bugs, slugs, and roadkill, having a
fat, juicy sweet potato to gorge on is like winning the lottery.
“Happy as a dead pig in the sunshine”
complex, this one contains a built-in lesson in postmortem porcine
physiology. As a dead pig’s body lies out in the sunshine, see, its lips
begin to pull back from its teeth, creating the illusion of a wide
grin. The expression describes a similarly oblivious (though quite
alive) person who smiles away when in reality things aren’t going so
“Knee-high to a grasshopper”
Most of ten used to denote g rowth, as in: “I haven’t seen you since you were knee-high to a grasshopper!”
“Slower than molasses running uphill in the winter”
Things don’t get much slower than molasses. Uphill in winter? You get the picture.
“Ran like a scalded haint”
opposite meaning of the previous phrase. A haint, in old Southern
terminology, is a ghost, and according to tradition, scalding one will
send it running right quick.
“Like a cat on a hot tin roof”
are jumpy enough in a comfortable living room. The expression describes
someone in an extreme state of upset and anxiety, and, of course, it
was used by Tennessee Williams as the title of his Pulitzer-winning 1955
“Enough money to burn a wet mule”
person might choose to burn a soak-ing wet thousand-pound mule is
anybody’s guess, but the expression was made famous (in some circles)
when legendary Louisiana governor Huey Long used it in reference to
deep-pocketed nemesis Standard Oil.